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Amazon announces new tablets

Sep 19, 16:18

Amazon has introduced its latest tablet products, the new Fire HDX 8.9, Fire HD, Fire HD Kids Edition and two Kindles.

Digitimes Research: Intel cooperation with Fossil to develop smartwatches will help expand influence in wearables market

Sep 19, 14:37

Intel's cooperation with Fossil to develop smartwatches equipped with Android Wear will help Intel expand its influence in the wearables market as well as extend Google's influence in the market.

Acer becomes candidate supplier for China procurement orders

Sep 19, 12:23

The Central Government Procurement Center established by the China government through cooperation with China-based e-commerce operators Tmall and Suning, has set up the Central Government Procurement Online Store to host government procurement open-bids, and Acer has been selected as a candidate supplier...

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Worldwide smartwatch and wristband market poised for takeoff, says Gartner

Sep 18, 16:13

As smartphone vendors and component suppliers continue to expand into the wearables market, Gartner predicts that by 2016 smartwatches will comprise about 40% of consumer wristworn devices. Gartner said that seven out of the top-10 smartphone vendors have entered the wearable market to date or are...

Government ID, payment and SIM applications account for 87% of all smart card shipments, says ABI Research

Sep 18, 15:33

Smart card shipments totaled eight billion units in 2013, with government ID, SIM, and payment and banking applications accounting for 87% of all shipments, according to ABI Research. Of these three market verticals, Gemalto, Oberthur Technologies, G&D, and Morpho led the way with a combined 2013...

Asustek aiming to achieve 15% on-year PC shipment growth

Sep 18, 14:11

Asustek Computer is looking to achieve 15% on-year growth in its PC shipments each year starting 2014 and expects its annual desktop and notebook shipments together to reach 50 million units in five years, according to market watchers. It will also be aggressively pushing gaming notebooks to maintain...

Asustek pushing gaming products to maintain gross margins

Asustek plans to accuse motherboard competitors of patent infringement

Sep 17, 15:14

Asustek Computer has launched X99 chipset motherboards featuring its in-house-developed OC Socket, a patented technology which hikes motherboard performance by 35%, but has found that some Taiwan-based fellow vendors will launch X99 models equipped with similar functionality. Based on its initial investigation,...

Digitimes Research: IFA shows Android tablet vendors adding value instead of price cuts

Sep 17, 15:06

IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany during September 5-10 showed that Android tablet vendors are not looking to offer entry-level models for price-cut competition and instead offered models equipped with 3D depth-of-field cameras, water-, dust- and shock-proof features, high-resolution touch panels, and LTE...

Insyde to see increasing orders for Intel-based white-box tablets

Sep 15, 22:27

Taiwan-based BIOS designer Insyde Software is expected to benefit from orders for Intel-based Android white-box tablets, as the CPU giant gradually expands its presence in the Android tablet market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Global driverless vehicle shipments to reach 14 million by 2030, says ABI Research

Sep 15, 15:38

Global driverless vehicle shipments will increase from 1.1 million in 2024 to more than 42 million in 2035, with an installed driverless vehicle base reaching 176 million, according to ABI Research.

Intel appoints Gregory Bryant to handle global desktop platform business

Sep 15, 15:09

Intel has appointed Gregory Bryant - its incumbent vice president for the Sales and Marketing Group and general manager for the Asia-Pacific and Japan region - as vice president of the PC Client Group and general manager of the Desktop Client Platforms Group.

Gregory Bryant (left), VP of Sales and Marketing Group

Acer looking to reach five million BYOC users by end of 2014

Sep 15, 14:10

Acer's Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) platform currently has three million users and the number is estimated to reach five million by the end of 2014 and to surpass 10 million in 2015, according to BYOC business manager Maverick Shih.

Maverick Shih, manager of Acer BYOC business

Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments to see 9.1% on-year growth in 3Q14

Sep 12, 15:39

Digitimes Research expects global tablet shipments to reach 68.51 million units in the third quarter, up 23.8% sequentially and 9.1% on year, and non-Apple tablet vendors' shipments, which suffered from weaker-than-expected performance during the second quarter, are expected to see a recovery in the...

Market demand for lower-priced notebooks buoyant in 3Q14, says MIC

Sep 11, 16:13

Shipment volumes of Taiwan's notebook industry stood at around 36.06 million units in the second quarter of 2014, up 4.7% sequentially and 0.4% on year, according to MIC. "Shipment growth was mainly upheld by the back-to-school demand. Back-to-school sales of notebooks was tepid in the past few...

Acer sees 18.9% on-month revenue growth in August

Sep 11, 15:59

Acer has announced consolidated revenues of NT$29.85 billion (US$994.87 million) for August, up 18.9% on month and 5.2% on year, while combined consolidated revenues from January-August 2014 reached NT$213.04 billion, down 11.43% on year.

Digitimes Research: Top-5 notebook vendors and top-3 ODMs see 5-10% on-month shipment growth in August

Sep 11, 15:46

Although the IT market has already started preparing for back-to-school demand, the global top-five notebook vendors' combined shipments and top-three ODMs' combined shipments only achieved 5-10% on-month growths in August, lower than those of the same month a year ago.

Notebook ODMs see mixed revenue performances in August

Sep 11, 14:32

Notebook ODMs Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron and Inventec have announced mixed performances in their August revenues.

MSI reports flat on-month growth in August revenues

Stockwatch - Sep 11, 12:02

MSI has reported consolidated revenues of NT$6.75 billion (US$224.81 million) for August 2014, representing a 0.2% increase on month and 9.62% increase on year.

Digitimes Research: Intel to see strong tablet AP shipments in 2H14

Sep 11, 11:50

Intel shipped only about 1.5 million tablet application processors (APs) in the first half of 2014, but Digitimes Research expects its shipments to reach seven million units in the second half thanks to China brand vendors' and white-box players' full support.

Gigabyte revenues decline in August

Stockwatch - Sep 11, 11:27

Gigabyte has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.89 billion (US$129.56 million) for August 2014, representing a 17.33% drop on month and 3.99% drop on year.

Quanta lands half of Acer notebook orders for 2015

Sep 10, 22:33

Quanta Computer has landed orders for Acer's 15-inch notebooks for 2015, which will account for 45-50% of Acer's overall orders. Quanta will become Acer's largest ODM partner and also the largest notebook maker in 2015, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Commentary: Apple Watch pioneering user interface will make around 10% of users Think Different

Sep 10, 15:22

The long rumored Apple Watch (previously widely reported on as the iWatch) has been announced, but while the company believes it has created a pioneering user interface for the emerging smartwatch segment, the design of the watch with its much lauded Digital Crown assumes that the watch is worn on...

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Apple unveils Apple Watch

Sep 10, 13:57

Apple has unveiled the Apple Watch featuring new technologies and a new user interface with a design that honors the tradition of precision watchmaking. The Apple Watch introduces a specially designed and engineered Digital Crown that provides a new way to scroll, zoom and navigate. The Apple Watch...

Apple Watch smartwatch

Synnex Technology sees increased August revenues

Sep 10, 12:33

Taiwan-based IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$28.7 billion (US$957 million) for August, increasing 2.8% on month and 6.7% on year.

Compal, Wistron August notebook shipments up sequentially, Inventec sees drop

Sep 9, 22:46

ODMs Compal Electronics and Wistron saw August shipments of 3.9 million notebooks up on month by 8.3% and 1.8 million units by 5.9% respectively, while fellow maker Inventec shipped 1.4 million units, dropping 6.7%, according to the companies.

Asustek August revenues increase

Sep 9, 20:19

Asustek Computer on September 9 reported consolidated revenues of NT$42.164 billion (US$1.405 billion) for August, increasing 4.91% on month and 3.1% on year, and NT$297.887 billion for January-August, rising 2.56% on year.

ECS revenues drop in August

Stockwatch - Sep 9, 16:19

ECS has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.083 billion (US$136.1 million) for August 2014, representing a 27.26% drop on month and 28.77% drop on year.

Vendors adding dual-SIM card support to tablets to attract demand

Sep 9, 15:47

Tablet vendors have been pushing models with large displays, phone functions and dual-SIM card support to attract demand from emerging markets such as countries in Southeast Asia, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Digitimes Research: Digital home industry in August

Sep 9, 15:12

Recently in the digital home industry, Samsung has purchased SmartThings, which allows people to sync up their connected gadgets to a single smartphone app and hardware hub, to further its presence in the smart home industry and home automation market, according to Digitimes Research.

Asustek cuts motherboard prices by 5-10% to keep global market share, says paper

Newswatch - Sep 9, 15:11

Asustek Computer has lowered retail prices for its own-brand motherboards by 5-10% in a bid to maintain its global market share lead, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

IDF 2014: Intel to showcase innovations for IoT, wearable and robot markets

Sep 9, 14:37

Intel Developer Forum (IDF) will start on September 9 in the US and the CPU giant is set to showcase its latest plans and technologies for the Internet of things (IoT) market.

Digitimes Research: Asustek detachable devices face size hurdle

Sep 9, 11:59

Asustek Computer's Windows-based detachable T100, which was developed in close cooperation with Microsoft and Intel and released in the third quarter of 2013, has successfully attracted price-conscious consumers due to its friendly pricing and free Office software. Asustek shipped almost two million...

Digitimes Research: Apple refocuses on 9.7-inch iPad in 2H14

Sep 9, 11:36

With Apple showing more aggressiveness in producing its new 9.7-inch iPad, its overall iPad shipments in the third quarter of 2014 are expected to return to the growth trend.

Taiwan August CPI up, says DGBAS

Sep 9, 10:47

Taiwan's August 2014 consumer price index (CPI) of 104.85 (2011 as base year) increased by 0.43% on month and by 2.07% on year, while the corresponding wholesale price index (WPI) of 96.58% slipped by 0.37% on month but grew by 0.12% on year, according to the Directorate-General Budget, Accounting...

Commentary: Time is running out for console makers to clean up GamerGate

Sep 9, 10:45

An battle, which has been given the title #GamerGate on social media, between gamers and the gaming press has been ongoing for three weeks and is showing only minimal signs of losing momentum. But with the year-end holiday season approaching, the top-three console makers: Microsoft (Xbox 360 and Xbox...

Tweets per day of gamergate and notyourshield hashtags

White-box vendors under competitive pressure from brand vendors in tablet with phone function market

Sep 5, 15:29

Some China-based white-box vendors launched tablets with built-in 3G modules to allow voice communications, in China and Southeast Asia in early 2014 and saw good sales performance, but have faced strong competition from brand vendors which have also launched low-cost tablets with phone functions such...

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and Gear VR

Newswatch - Sep 5, 15:09

Samsung Electronics has announced the expansion of its flagship Galaxy Note-series with the new Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. At IFA 2014, Samsung also unveiled a virtual-reality headset, the Gear VR.

Worldwide phablet shipments to surpass portable PCs in 2014 and tablets by 2015, says IDC

Sep 4, 16:03

According to a new forecast from IDC, worldwide phablet shipments (smartphones with screen sizes from 5.5- to less than 7-inch) will reach 175 million units worldwide in 2014, passing the 170 million portable PCs expected to ship during the same period. In 2015, total phablet volumes will top 318 million...

IFA 2014: Asustek unveils new innovations at pre-IFA conference

Sep 4, 15:10

Asustek Computer has unveiled the ZenWatch and a low-cost 11.6-inch notebook, the EeeBook X205 at a pre-IFA launch conference, both priced at EUR199 (US$262). The x205 is part of Microsoft's Windows with Bing program to achieve a low price. IFA 2014 will be hosted in Berlin, Germany starting September...

IFA 2014: Acer unveils new touchscreen products

Sep 4, 14:37

Acer hosted a pre-IFA press conference to unveil its theme, A Touch More Connected, and announced a series of touchscreen products. IFA 2014 will be hosted from September 5-10 in Berlin Germany.

Jason Chen, Acer CEO, promoting new products at a pre-IFA conference

Clevo chairman to develop innovation park in northern Taiwan

Sep 3, 16:01

Chairman Kent Hsu for notebook maker Clevo has signed with the government of New Taipei City, northern Taiwan, to invest NT$5.84 billion (US$195 million) to develop an innovation park in the city based on a BOT (build, operate, transfer) model. The park will consist of a 50-story office/commercial...

Digitimes Research: Samsung, Lenovo cutting tablet prices in the US market

Sep 3, 14:53

Samsung Electronics and Lenovo have recently started a wave of price cuts for their tablets in the US market. Samsung offered price cuts for its 7- and 10-inch models, but their prices are still higher than those of its competitors. Lenovo reduced the price of its 8- and 10-inch entry-level tablets,...

Asustek readies new 2-in-1 products

Sep 2, 16:12

In addition to an upgraded version of the T100, which is set to launch at the end of September or early October, Asustek Computer is ready to unveil its new Transformer Book T300 Chi, a larger version of the T100 in January 2015, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Apple iWatch still under EVT despite components already in production

Sep 2, 15:30

Despite related components already entering into production, Apple's iWatch is still unlikely to become available until 2015, as the device is still under engineering verification testing (EVT) stage and has to still go through production verification testing (PVT), according to sources from the upstream...

Apple cuts iPad mini prices; non-Apple vendors may follow suit

Sep 2, 14:55

Apple has recently cooperated with US-based retailers including Best Buy and Amazon to cut its iPad mini prices. Channel retailers believe other brand vendors may follow suit to maintain their market shares.

Digitimes Research: Kickstarter wearables expand presence in sleep tracking industry

Sep 2, 14:46

Several companies, and their related new wearable device concepts, have finished fund raising using the Kickstarter platform, with these devices being split into two major categories: devices that can help users sleep - such as NeuroOn, Aurora and Sense; and devices that can alert users to fatigue...

Acer becomes top PC and projector vendor in Philippines

Sep 2, 14:19

Acer was the largest PC vendor in the Philippines in the second quarter with a market share of 34.1% and also the largest projector vendor in the first half with a market share of 31.2%, according to the vendor, citing figures from IDC and PMA Research.

Acer to reveal new business plans and partners in October

Sep 1, 15:37

Acer plans to hold a major forum on October 15 in which it will discuss B2B strategies as well as announce new cloud partners. The company will, at a later date, host a series of activities to talk about its plans for the B2C market.

Microsoft reduces Surface chassis suppliers; may adopt similar strategy for other components

Sep 1, 14:29

Microsoft has recently reduced the number of chassis suppliers for its Surface tablets and is now outsourcing all the orders to Ju Teng. Microsoft stopped placing chassis orders with its China-based supplier in August, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Asustek to release US$100 7-inch tablet in Taiwan

Sep 1, 13:26

Asustek Computer is set to release its new 7-inch MeMO Pad 7 ME70CX tablet in early September in Taiwan priced at NT$2,990 (US$100) to attract demand, according to the company.

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